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WHY COMPRESSION WORKS

Posted on April 19, 2018 by Thomas Parker, MD

Untitled design (31)Compression as a method of injury management has been around since the days of RICE (Rest Ice Compress Elevate).  Compression has been proven time and time again to help reduce swelling and inflammation, as well as increase blood flow to the injured tissues, tendons, and/or muscles.   Below, we've listed some of the most notable benefits to using compression: 

LESS SWELLING

Inflammation and swelling can inhibit the healing process. Compression is proven to help reduce swelling.

FASTER TISSUE REPAIR

The combination of reduced swelling and delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the injury site enables more rapid tissue repair and an overall faster healing process.

MORE OXYGEN

Injured tissue requires oxygen in order to repair itself. Swelling can inhibit the flow of blood to an injury, slowing down the healing process. Compression helps improve blood flow, thereby enhancing the delivery of oxygen to damaged tissue.

BETTER PROPRIOCEPTION

Compression increases proprioception, the concept of knowing where your body is in space and the ability to safely maneuver around your environment.

 

THE BODY HELIX DIFFERENCEVideoStills-8

There are many different compression products on the market today. But, be forewarned.... NOT ALL COMPRESSION IS CREATED EQUAL.  Below, you will see what sets Body Helix compression sleeves and compression wraps apart from our competitors.  Simply put, we make our products with a better material - and that makes all the difference in the world. 

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FORM-FIT TECHNOLOGY

A Helix consists of comfortable, uniform medical-grade compression in the range of 20-30 millimeters of mercury. The higher the number, the more pressure we feel.

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MOISTURE ACTIVATED ADHERENCE

You’ve seen the person at the gym or on the court stop to pull up their knee sleeve or adjust their thigh wrap. That won’t happen with a Helix. Thanks to our fabric’s Moisture Activated Adherence, our sleeves utilize the sweat from your body and allow the fabric to act like an adherent between your skin and the product. It won’t slip or move during activities.

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CLOSED CELL FABRIC SCIENCE

Our competitor’s wraps soak up sweat, which often leads to unpleasant odors from bacteria becoming trapped within the fabric. Because a Helix features Closed-Cell Fabric Science technology, it won’t hold sweat or water and you’ll never have to worry about odors or health issues from trapped bacteria.

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INFINITE MOTION

Many of our competitor’s products will only stretch up to 50%, which often restricts joint movement while being active. Our sleeves are made of the highest quality compression material available and will stretch more than the human body. What this means for you is simple: you won’t alter your mechanics of motion when you serve, swing, bend, or run. You can continue to play your game, your way, without limits.

 

Thomas Parker, MD

Thomas Parker, MD

About the Author: Thomas E. Parker, MD, Chief Executive Officer of Body Helix, is a retired physician, with a practice specialty of Internal Medicine. He attended The Ohio State University College of Medicine and completed his Internal Medicine internship and residency at Duke University Medical Center. Parker received the distinction of “Top Doctor” in Charlotte Magazine in 2011, 2012, and 2014. In 2008, Parker became involved in Body Helix as a founding member and Chief Science Officer with the responsibility of overseeing product development, safety and guiding marketing materials to reflect scientifically accurate claims.

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